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Anyone on here hunt Mearns?
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Sivart,
I hunted Mearns Quail in AZ down along the Mex border, in the mountains. Contact Don Lee if he still guides, great Means Quail Guide for your 1st trip, after that go on your own. The key is having a great Mearns Quail dog, and use a 20 or 28 gauge light gun, be prepared to do a little walking! One of the greatest hunts of my life was as the snow fell in the AZ mountains. Mearns Quail are only 2nd to Ruffed Grouse where hunting and eating are concerned.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man
Sivart,
I am sorry, his name is Don Lee not Bob. Unfortunately I lost his contact info when we bought our new home, moving I lost different contact info I had for many years.
I tried to find a telephone number for ya, and could not come up with one until now.


Finally got the info you wanted
AZ Covey Breaks Don Lee
Phone 928-713-9961
[email protected]

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man
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Kaylight067,
I found the best Mearns Quail hunting to be down along the Mex border, in fact the largest Mearns Quail population according to Don Lee, who is the expert on Mearns Quail, is just over the AZ border in Mexico. According to Don nobody really hunts in that area of Mexico and the birds have increased in numbers thru the years. Do not cross the border and try to hunt in Mexico, or you may end up in Jail. Hunt along the border in the mountains, look for the scrub oak trees and the springs that seep water, have your dog do all the work, move slowly and pay attention to your dog.
Mearns Quail will hold nicely around their feeding and watering areas, at times you can almost step on an entire covey before it flushes, when they do you are in for some of the greatest gunning you will ever experience. In fact you can walk past a big Covey quite easily, and have the Covey flush after you pass bye, setting up some amazing gunning opportunities.
Having a good Mearns Quail dog is like having a good Grouse dog, many times a great Grouse dog will also be a great Mearns Quail dog. I had a real German Weimar dog who was incredible at hunting both kinds of birds, back in the late 60' early 70's. I will not give you my exacting Covert Locations, however hunt the mountains along the Mex border and develop your own covey locations, with the help of a good dog. The contact info for Don Lee is in one of my prior posts. I always recommend his service for learning to hunt Mearns Quail, he knows more about Mearns Quail than anybody alive today.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man
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Roadhouse74,
Yes they were just getting started at that time, they are suppose to be good people.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
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Roadhouse74,
Roger that!

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man
Oyeme,
North of Nogales Mexico? You mean North of Nogales USA. Now that is good current info, the area around Patagonia when I was stationed at Ft Huachuca, had a decent Mearns Quail population, however the birds were very spooky from us GI's hunting that area especially on the weekends. Glad to hear there is still a good Mearns Quail population in those draws. Be careful of the snakes in that area.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man
mmlj,

Sounds like your friend is an experienced Mearns Quail hunter, especially if he is using a O/U SST gun.
With a SXS, DT gun however I like the RST SpredR 8's or 7 1/2's under the 1st trigger for the close up shot, and RST 6's for the 2nd shot which tends to be over 35 yard out, thru the small scrub trees. I also use this same set up for Grouse & Woodcock here in Pa.

all the best,


Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

L.C. Smith 20 gauge #2 gun, Briley fully sleeved for 28 with custom SK1 & SK2 screw in chokes, one deadly Mearns Quail, Woodcock & Grouse gun, especially with RST SpredR loads.
Note the DT! The gun was fully engraved by Kraus, with walking Quail on one side lock and Woodcock on the other.
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